This installation was a finalist in 'The Substation Contemporary Art Prize' Newport, Melbourne.
The installation 'Dial M for Me' 'which includes the Billy Bumps series of nine embroideries, the telephone, a coffee table and lamp, together with 'Dial M for Me' the embroidered chair can be seen at 'Under Civilization' Gympie throughout March 2018 curated by Kevin Wilson QUT Art Museum, Brisbane.
“Dial M for Me”
My latest work is an installation that incorporates embroidery, applique, electronics, and the readymade. Embroidery is a medium loaded with implications of gender and the domestic domain, providing a rich landscape against which to contrast subversive concepts. My embroidered and appliqued artworks depict unexpected images together with poignant and often humorous text. The images are meant to charm, unsettle, surprise and challenge preconceptions of traditional needlework. I draw upon psychological and emotionally significant events from my childhood growing up at Maroubra Beach to inform my work. This particular body of work is based upon my relationship with Billy Bumps that spanned many decades. Billy grew up in Surry Hills before it was gentrified and he worked on the wharves.
After researching the methodology of Louise Bourgeois, I felt inspired to use embroidery and appliqué in my art. The installation is interactive and has a performative element to it. The intention is to expand the field of portraiture and self-portraiture by marrying it with biography and autobiography. Viewers are invited to pick up an old Bakelite telephone and dial the embroidery they prefer (1-9) to hear the whole story, or dial 0 for the story of the embroidered chair which I have named “Lost Weekend”.
"Lost Weekend" embroided and appliqued chair
The embroidery on this chair tells this true story of One_Two_GO Flight 269 16/9/2007
On 14th September, 2007 Billy and I flew from Phuket to Bangkok, we were due to return to Phuket on One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 on 16th September, 2007. However I was still so ill after being drugged and robbed in Phuket that we changed our flights to 17th September, 2007. On Sunday 16th September 2007 the plane we should have caught a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 from Bangkok to Phuket crashed into an embankment beside runway 27 at Phuket International Airport (HKT) bursting into flames upon impact at about 3.45pm after an aborted landing. The plane crashed killing 89 of the 130 persons on board. Another passenger succumbed to burns the next day. This story is embroidered onto 'Lost Weekend' the embroidered chair.
Dial M for Me - The embroidered chair
- The Billy Bumps Series of embroideries
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